Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), acting chairman of the House aviation subcommittee, accused John Bruton, the European Union’s Ambassador to the U.S., of “looking for a trade war” during a hearing on aviation emissions May 7. The spat began when DeFazio questioned an EU proposal that would force airlines flying from Los Angeles to London to pay carbon allowances to the EU for the entire 6,000 miles.
John Bruton, the European Union’s Ambassador to the U.S., received a decidedly undiplomatic reception while testifying on aviation emissions before the House aviation subcommittee on Tuesday. The ambassador got into a rancorous spat with Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), who was designated acting chairman of the subcommittee at the time.
Ireland’s Aer Arann has agreed to take delivery of 10 new 72-seat ATR 72-500s from the Franco-Italian turboprop builder over the next three years. Announced last month in Dublin in the presence of Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, the $180 million deal represents the single largest aircraft investment by a private Irish passenger airline and ranks as the third largest in Ireland’s history.